During a panel alongside “Charmed” co-stars Holly Marie Combs and Rose McGowan at MegaCon Orlando on Sunday (via EW), Doherty spoke about the claims she made on her “Let’s Be Clear” podcast, in which she alleged that Milano played a pivotal role in her firing from the fantasy drama series.
“Holly and I, we were not mean on the podcast,” Doherty said. “In fact, we went in and we edited out anything that we felt would cause more drama. We simply told the truth because the truth actually does matter. But we wanted to try to save you, the fans, from heartbreak as much as humanly possible.”
Doherty, who is in treatment for stage 4 breast cancer, continued, “At this point in my life with my health diagnosis — I’m sorry if I start crying — with fighting horrific disease every day of my life, it is also incredibly important to me that the truth actually be told as opposed to the narrative that others put out there for me.”
Doherty said she and Combs “told our truths and we are standing by our truths,” adding, “There is no revisionist history happening.”
Doherty was an original cast member on “Charmed” alongside Milano and Combs, but her character Prue was killed off after three seasons and replaced by McGowan’s Paige.
Back in December on Doherty’s “Let’s Be Clear” podcast, she and Combs revealed that Doherty was fired due to an alleged ultimatum their co-star Milano gave producers. According to Combs, “Charmed” producer Jonathan Levin once told her about Milano’s ultimatum.
“He said, you know, ‘We’re basically in a position where it’s one or the other. We were told [by Alyssa] that it’s [Shannen] or me, and Alyssa has threatened to sue us for a hostile workplace environment,’” Combs said, adding that Milano “built a case for herself” by using a mediator to document every time she felt uncomfortable on set.
Milano denied these claims about Doherty’s firing at a separate panel at MegaCon on Feb. 2, saying, “I’m the most sad that a show that has meant so much to so many people has been tarnished by a toxicity that is still to this day, almost a quarter of a century later, still happening. And I’m sad that people can’t move past it. And I’m sad that we all can’t just celebrate the success of a show that meant so much to all of us.”
Milano then took to her Instagram to add that she “did not have the power to get anyone fired.”
“This was so long ago that any retelling of these stories from anyone is just revisionist history,” Milano wrote.